Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sunny days

The sun finally is shinning once again.  This weather has been pretty rough over the past couple of weeks.  I wish I could send some of the rain we’ve had elsewhere, perhaps somewhere it is needed.  At least for the next few days, it’s supposed to be nice, and we’ll have the sun shinning through to lighten the mood.

I hope to get some of my old inspiration back soon.  Real life takes just so much effort some times, LOL.  Doesn’t leave much energy for the extra-curricular activities. 

Quote of the Day:
No one can be free who does not work for the freedom of others.
--Anonymous

Monday, October 12, 2009

A whole 36 hours, straight.

Good Morning

Image by efilpera via Flickr

Wow I managed to stay off the computer for a whole 36 hours.  Didn’t once turn it on.  I actually sat back a read a couple of books, watched two movies, I had already seen, and made one hell of a venison stew. 

Not a bad way to spend a Sunday.  I refused to let anything get me down, and tried hard to push all the worries away for just the one day.  It kind of worked.

 

Quote of the Day:
If you really want to do something, you will find a way. If you don't, you will find an excuse.
--Anonymous

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Looking for the brighter side.

Pico do Frade, Macaé - RJ

Image by J.Gil via Flickr

Light shines on a distant horizon.  Never mind that storm clouds surround all else.   I have struggled, and survived through many a storm, some so fierce they could take a life.  It’s all a matter of keeping your head about you, and thinking clearly.  Not to mention willing yourself to believe you are capable. 

Strive for the light of day, and warmth of the sun.  It’s the only way I know, always move forward.  I just keep telling myself that, “I can do this”.

Quote of the Day:
In life, as in chess, forethought wins.
--Charles Buxton

Friday, October 9, 2009

Time to get serious!

.joy, sorrow and hopE

Image by 27147 via Flickr

Change is inevitable, and can come upon us without warning.  I try my hardest to flow with the change, and make the best of things.  Recently, that has gotten tougher and tougher, and is now nearly impossible.  Due to circumstances beyond my control, I may be a little under enthused in the near future.  Please bear with me, and just keep being positive if you can.

I’m starting a new search, one that every person dislikes, especially in this economic climate.  I can handle my current situation no longer, and have to find work with more hours available to me.  So if I seem a little off every once in a while, you’ll know why. 

Quote of the Day:
A civilization is built on what is required of men, not on that which is provided for them.
--Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Wow, I just had a “light bulb moment”

I have been so stumped lately, and seem to be in a down mood because of it.  You see, I have all these stories floating around in my head.  For some reason I have been having a lot of trouble putting them down on paper.  I keep feeling like I’m losing focus  or something.  Struggling to get the basics figured out. Even something as simple as a character description when I can see them plain as day in my mind.

I think I figured it out, I’m focusing too hard!  Everything is right there, I just have to relax and let it flow.  Now the question is how do I RELAX?  This may be tougher than I thought.  I just may have to let it simmer, build a little flavor and thicken some.   Sometimes you have to let it go… to get “IT”!

Quote of the Day:
In this world, it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
--Henry Ward Beecher

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Going to Get Wet

Boat in Dry Dock

Image by Fr Antunes via Flickr

If the weather holds to the forecast, I may be needing one of these soon, LOL.  We’re supposed to get a lot of rain over the next few days.  I just hope it doesn’t dampen my spirit, Pun Intended, LOL. 

Not much going on except a little work, and a lot of blogging.  So I suppose things really aren’t too bad. 

 

 

 

Quote of the Day:
Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.
--Wilson Mizner

Well this quote certainly does not fit my mood or post, but it is funny.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Ain’t no big deal!

The Wreck of the Peter Iredale

Image by pete4ducks via Flickr

Sometimes you just have to sit back and relax.  There is no other way to enjoy a slow day.  If you let yourself worry and stress over the little things, pretty soon everything is a big deal.  Just sit back and watch as everyone else stresses their way through the day.

I’m just going to have to believe that things will get better.  They usually do, and it seldom has anything to do with my own efforts. 

Quote of the Day:
Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.
--David Starr Jordan

I’m trying to figure out how the Quote of the day seems to fit my feeling most times.  No I don’t pick them, I just click a link when I’m done writing my little post.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Just Another Monday

Clouds on a field of corn

Image by Fr Antunes via Flickr

We’ve set a new theme for the next Writers Challenge over at The Inferno.  Something Wicked This Way Comes, to add to the frightful hallows month stew.  It’ll debut October 18th.

If you missed the last theme, Nightmares Dance, just click here and enjoy the reads.  We had some wonderful stories submitted, and I really had a lot of fun with the theme.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Sunday! What happened to Saturday?

Ciel d'automne .. Autumn sky ..

Image by Gattou/Lucie/ In and out via Flickr

Evidently, my days are merging! Somehow I managed to forget Saturdays post.  Well in my defense, it was a busy evening.  We have the new Writers Challenge posted on The Inferno, and another theme gallery posted on The Artists Challenge.  Please go by and see what all our members have created in the different mediums.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Just the blah’s

Jasper Reflection

Image by swisscan via Flickr

I’ve been in a down mood of late, and I’m not really sure why.  I suppose it’s just a combination of everything.  I know I’ll pull my head out of the sand soon, I better anyway. 

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to determine exactly what little things set you back a few steps.  I guess it’s all just part of life, live learn and move on.  Sometimes it seems tougher than others. 

More than anything, I believe I just need more quality sleep, yet at the same time, I need work.  I sure hope this economy swings back before too long.  There are far too many people suffering because of it, and I feel their pain.

Quote of the Day:
If you think nobody cares if you are alive, try missing a couple of car payments.
--Earl Wilson

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Free for a price

So far, I’m not real impressed with that other blogging platform.  What bugs me the most is an inability to modify the themes.  At blogger, I can go into the code of the template, and change the appearance just about as much as I like.   It’s just a simple matter of CSS. The other advantage is being able to alter the actual HTML, to change how the template operates. 

To alter the CSS at WP, you have to pay a fee for a special add on.  This kind of makes me a little mad.  Yeah sure you can have a free blog if you don’t mind having the same theme as god only knows how many other bloggers.  I am am finding out, that there is a lot you can do with Wordpress, some very nice plug-ins and other things.  As long as you have enough money that is!

Quote of the Day:
A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.
--Samuel Goldwyn

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wednesday Woes’

Just kind of a boring day, not much going on.  Actually, I think I’m just kind of tired and need a little rest.  I might be coming down with something, or this darn hay fever is starting to catch up with me.

Quote of the Day:
I not only use all the brains I have but all that I can borrow.
--Thomas Woodrow Wilson

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

WordPress here we come

Lightening strike!

Image by yewenyi via Flickr

I have just about made up my mind how to go about the new WordPress site.  I still need to make a few decisions, but nothing too serious.  I’m thinking of getting a domain name, and going self hosted.  I simply need to figure out weather it’s worth it or not. 

For starters, I will start one on the free platform - wordpress.com.   That way I can get a feel for the platform and all the little quirks before I make a serious investment.  I wish I hadn’t let the domain name I had lapse, but at least it’s still available a year later.  I can get it back, it’s just a little bit more now. 

Quote of the Day:
When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.
--Enrique Jardiel Poncela

Great quote, I wish to strive for that kind of distinction “to be read without effort”!

Monday, September 28, 2009

New Challenges On The Horizon

628 Last Day Dream 41

Image by Voyageur Solitaire-mladjenovic_n via Flickr

Some interesting things are happening.  To give myself a heads up, and a little practice, I will shortly be starting a WordPress Blog.  I am going to have to familiarize myself with their system, and themes.  So I might as well start as soon as possible. 

I’m trying to decide weather to start fresh, with a whole new blog, or move one of my others over there.  I’m leaning toward scrapping what I had started with the super secret special blog no one knows about, and moving it over.  Then I get to thinking it might be fun to move one that has a little bit of a following like Mountain Dreamer.  Either way, rest assured I’ll be letting you know soon enough.

Quote of the Day:
The person who is not hungry says that the coconut has a hard shell.
--African Tribal Saying

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Time to Get Busy Writing

Oooooh Joyful Wild River!!! / Hooooo Joyeuse r...

Image by Denis Collette...!!! via Flickr

It’s time to get busy writing!  I’ve let my blogs slip down on the priority scale, and not kept current with them.  My goodness, the last post I made in Mountain Dreamer was August 30’th.    I really need to get some more dreams posted.  It’s not that I don’t have them, it’s simply that my attention has been focused elsewhere. 

Ruminations of a Small Town Mountain Boy is sorely in need of some creative posts.  I think I’ll be putting some time into writing over the next few weeks.  I’m going to have to really work on a post for Friday’s Fantasy, and get some fresh material up there.

I can say though that my efforts on The Inferno are paying off with high page views.  Last Sunday we had 144 unique page views, not bad for a blog that is only a little more than a month old.  It was even featured on Blog Dumps, Saturday Night Dumps.  I am so happy with all the writing over there.

Quote of the Day:
False freedom leaves a man free to do what he likes; true freedom, to do what he ought.
--Anonymous

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Selfish Thoughts

Sunset

Image by Fr Antunes via Flickr

I wonder, if it’s just a stage in life when a person questions what mark they have left on this world.  For some reason, not really sure why, I have been questioning this very thing.  Hell I have even been questioning  if a person should leave a mark, legacy, what ever.  Am I simply going through some kind of midlife adjustment, or is it a natural progression we all experience.

The questions remain, perhaps never to be answered.  I have no children of my own to carry on the family name.  I have no tradecraft recognizable by mere sight.  I simply exist in this expanse of humanity, one more cog on a gear designed to mesh with other cogs in order to keep the machinery operating.

Have I left a mark, or is it simply a stain to be washed away with time?

Quote of the Day:
No mind is thoroughly well-organized that is deficient in a sense of humor.
--Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Friday, September 25, 2009

TIGIF, Looking Forward to the Weekend

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Image by Gattou/Lucie via Flickr

I had a much simpler day today, thank the gods.  Amazing how difficult it is to function after an extremely physical day.  Last night, I could barely move let alone think.  It’s good to work yourself to the limit once in a while, but not two days in a row. 

That should be the end of  the trips to Possum Kingdom for a few months.   It’s going to take them a couple of months to get this house ready for a final.  It’s a large house, not huge, but dam sure not small.  The difficulty with it is the location.  Just unloading the truck and getting ready for work, wears you out.  Then add a full day of hard laborious work, and reloading the truck.  By the time your done, whew!!!  Then to do it all over again the next day, Yikes.

Quote of the Day:
Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.
--Epicurus, ancient Greek philosopher

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Ohh so tired!

Fall Leaves

Image by Douglas Brown via Flickr

The last two days were not exactly relaxing.  We worked our butts off!  I feel like a truck ran me over, and then backed up to finish the job.  The only good thing about the two days was a brief respite at the Deer lease.

Hopefully tomorrow will be better.


Quote of the Day:
In life, as in chess, forethought wins.
--Charles Buxton

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

This is SO Hard!

Reflections at Navarro

Image by lrargerich via Flickr

This really stinks.  A great post up on The Inferno, and I’m stuck out in the boonies.  Yep by the time you read this, I’ll be sitting around the camp fidgeting and full of nervous energy.  Why, because my posts for The inferno with Catherine Ryan Hyde’s new releases are posting automatically, with out me watching.

Here I am, can’t exactly plug into a tree and get Internet service, yet one of my favorite authors has allowed me to post an excerpt from her newest releases.  Oh I guess it’s alright, I do get to interview her in October. I just can’t wait.


I've been accused of vulgarity. I say that's bullshit.

Mel Brooks

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Ahh what a great day!

Upper Lake, Kananaskis Country

Image by minniemouseaunt via Flickr

Oh boy do I have some great news.  I’m posting some work from a very well know writer, tomorrow.  The Inferno is going to post an excerpt from her new releases Wednesday and Thursday.  Then later this month I, little ole me, get to interview her.  OMG I’m beside myself with excitement.

Oh, would you like to know who she is?  I’m not sure I should say…………….  OK, Catherine Ryan Hyde, author of… wait for it…………. “Pay it Forward”.  I can’t wait to really get things going with this.  Is it possible to have this much fun, someone pinch me! ____ Ouch, ok yep I’m awake and not dreaming.

Quote of the Day:
Even as water carves monuments of stone, so do our thoughts shape our character.
--Hugh B. Brown

Monday, September 21, 2009

Like a Kid on His Birthday

clif

Image by Fr Antunes via Flickr

I feel like a kid the day after his birthday.  All these toys to play with, and imagination to build.  I’m simply having way too much fun with my blogging. 

I’m learning a few things also.  I have spent a few evenings listing a certain blog on just about every blog directory I find.  Let me tell you, there are a lot of them.  I’m finding out all kinds of things I could have done, and probably still will do with Ruminations, Dreamer, and the super secret fiction blog.  As for Side Notes, I’m just going to keep it nice and simple. 

There’s something nice about a daily Journal.  I don’t feel like I have to stick with any kind of format, and am free to post just about anything I want.  I have also found that my blabbering here, seems to focus my ideas elsewhere.  Strange how that works!

Quote of the Day:
I never put on a pair of shoes until I've worn them for five years.
--Samuel Goldwyn

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sweet simplicity

Balloons

Image by efilpera via Flickr

I do so love a simple and quiet Sunday.  Although I’m not sure I would classify today as simple and quiet.  I will say that it was nearly the most fun I’ve had in a long, long time.    I was up until late, getting everything set up and making sure each story posted just as it was supposed to.  Boy was it ever worth it. 

With both galleries premiering at the same time, we had a flurry of activity.  I can now see how much the Pub Wench does the night before a premier, and I stand in awe of her.  The Inferno had well over a hundred page views, and our feed numbers more than doubled overnight.  Not too bad for a site that is barely over a month old. 

We have so much more happening in the coming month, and some really exciting developments that I’m only going to hint at here and there.  Now is not the though, and you’ll just have to wait and suffer with the rest of us.  For now, be satisfied with the results of our first challenge, Curiosity Killed The Cat.  Be sure also to visit The Artists Challenge for Gallery 17 The Gift.

Quote of the Day:
Human beings are the only creatures that allow their children to come back home.
--Bill William Henry Cosby

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Pins and Needles

This waiting is torture, and yet I am to blame.  I have all the stories loaded in the cue, ready to auto post one after the other.  I’m sitting here, waiting, on pins and needles.

I do have an advantage over everyone else though.  I have already read each submission, and enjoyed them so much.  It’s like having a secret you have to fight hard to keep.  Wanting at every turn to share what you know with someone.

Be sure to visit The Inferno, and The Artists Challenge, each are posting their galleries Sunday Morning.  We’ll be treated to both art of the visual nature, and inspired writing, painting pictures of it’s own.

Quote of the Day:
What single ability do we all have? The ability to change.
--George Leonard Andrews

Friday, September 18, 2009

Anticipation, Such Sweet Torture.

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Image by Gattou/Lucie via Flickr

I’m so excited, this weekend will be the debut of our first writers challenge on The Inferno.  All week long I have been posting excerpts of  writers work and their links.  All building up to the grand day, Sunday.  We have had some great stories put out there by many different people, and there are more yet to come.

Sunday I get to post all the submissions for the challenge theme.  This first theme is “Curiosity Killed The Cat” an evening of woe and delight of Edgar Allen Poe.  The submissions we have received, run the gambit.  I’ll be posting all of them on The Inferno, in succession, Sunday starting at 12:01Am.  One per minute until they are all posted.  They will be grouped by a unique tag, and I’ll put up a greeting post for visitors with a link to that tag.  That way, people can see all the entries at the same time.  Each entry will have comments enabled and anyone will be able to view and comment on them. 

The anticipation is nearly unbearable.  The hard part is going to be that I have continuing education class tomorrow, so I won’t be around until evening.  This is going to make it pretty tough to maintain a respectable level of attention during class.

Quote of the Day:
The cynic is his own worst enemy. It requires far less skill to run a wrecking company than it does to be an architect.
--U.S. Andersen

Thursday, September 17, 2009

A Quiet Night

My Wild River... A Landscape Painter…!!! :)

Image by Denis Collette...!!! via Flickr

Just a quiet night, not much going on.  I’ve been working on my submissions for the Artists Challenge, and also reviewing the stories I’ve received fro The Inferno‘s first writers challenge.    I’m really having fun with this new site.  I get to highlight writers both of blogs, and published books.  It’s right up my alley. 

Work has slowed down a little again, but that’s alright as long as it’s only for a very short period.  The rains we’ve been having are not helping much.  I’m keeping my finger crossed and hoping for the best.

 

The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Back Home Again, Tired and Refreshed

Yellow Dragon Fly

Image by Abishesh via Flickr

I know, that sounds strange, Tired and Refreshed!  All I can say is that working out there, and being able to stay at camp for the night is such a blessing.  It really clears my head, and get’s thoughts to moving around.  I have all kinds of ideas flowing around, mostly to do with the all the blogs, but some story ideas are taking form also.   Where they’ll  go from here, I’ll just have to wait and see. 

Last night at the camp we had a performance by a fairly large group of dragon flies.    They were pretty big critters, and were just flying around chasing each other, doing all kinds of aerial acrobatics.   It was a lot of fun to just sit back and watch.  The weather was nice and cool, no rain at all.  We just enjoyed the evening air, had a couple of   German sausages, and then hit the sack. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The dutiful scheduled post.

Turn the light off - Goodbye / Arrivederci

Image by janusz l via Flickr

By the time your reading this, I will hopefully, be blissfully asleep at the deer lease.  I pray I won’t be soaked to the bone, and suffering under a deluge of rainfall.  Our little camper has sprung a few leaks, and we’re trying to get them sealed off.  Not always an easy task with the older campers.  Of course I’m sure it doesn’t help that the poor thing sits out there under the brutal Texas sun and unusual weather conditions. 

The fishing should be excellent, and I’m hoping to spy some deer.  I might even sit one of blind for the evening, just to see what's moving around.

See Y’all tomorrow evening!

If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.

Mario Andretti

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Off to another adventure in thinking.

Distortion

Image by Fr Antunes via Flickr

I’ll be heading out of town for a couple of days again.  We’re still working on the same house, with constant changes and fun challenges.   I’ll be designing a rainwater collection system for their irrigation and landscaping.  I’m really looking forward to that, because it’s a little different from our normal work. 

It’s not as difficult as one would think.  After some research on-line, I have some really good ideas for how to make it happen at about half the cost as what's available on the market.   I just love things that make me think and strategize.   I’ve always been one for building things, overcoming obstacles.  I think I got that from my father.  I look at things that have been done, and think, “I could do that, maybe even better”.   I’m always looking for a new method to accomplish particular ends.

Quote of the Day:
Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.
--Albert Einstein

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Twilight settles, while rain holds a steady tempo

twilight

Image by jeloid via Flickr

Twilight has settled on our neighbor hood, while rain beats a patterned tempo on my roof.  Such has been the story of my last four days, nonstop rain and misty darkness.  I’m not complaining though, for it has been good fodder for the short-short stories.  

I have found myself with ample time to dawdle in front of the computer, dreaming up fiction and copying it down.   Strange that a weather pattern so unwelcome to me is the source of such grand mental wanderings.  I’ve enjoyed the weekend far more than I anticipated, and for some reason I think the rain had something to do with it.

I have uploaded the new template on The Inferno, and posted several stories there.  We are having a lot of fun with the site, and getting even more submissions for the writers challenge than I thought possible for a first time.  Swing by and let me know what you think about the new look.  I believe it holds the right attitude for the site and seems to load fairly fast.

Quote of the Day:
Progress depends on people knowing they'll be able to profit from their ideas.
--Deborah Neville

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Just a little blah, but looking up!

The way

Image by Fr Antunes via Flickr

I’ve been feeling a little off center today.  I’m not sure exactly what is up, but I think I may be coming down with something.  Of course it’s getting awfully close to ragweed season which means my allergies will be out of control.  That may be the problem, but who knows.   It could be that I just need a beer and a nice relaxing night with a good book. 

Tomorrow, the new template I’ve been working on goes live.  Things are looking sharp, if I do say so myself.  I’m having a lot of fun with this adventure  and learning some new things along the way.  I can’t wait to get a response from everyone.  The template looks nothing at all like what I started with, other than the basic framework. 


Quote of the Day:
If your number one goal is to make sure that everyone likes and approves of you, then you risk sacrificing your uniqueness and, therefore, your excellence.
--Anonymous

Friday, September 11, 2009

A Sept. 11th Thought

Thursday, September 10, 2009

So Many Routes, No Clear Path!

Icelandic landscape #4

Image by shchukin via Flickr

I’ve been reading some fantasy of late, thanks to my big sis,  Kel.  She sent a whole load of fantasy books, and all ones I hadn’t read before.  Tis revitalizing my thoughts in the way of Friday’s Fantasy.  Which is a good thing, because Tirashar has stopped talking to me.  I’m not sure why, or for how long, but she has been silent. 

It’s funny the way a story plays out,  There are so many directions open, yet when I test one, I seem to travel in circles.  I wonder if Tirashar has been talking to me, but I have not been listening.  For I have ideas of where to go, just seem to need a little clarity of vision.

I’m not pressuring her though, for I’ve learned when I try too hard, a cloud of darkness descends, enveloping my imagination.  Without a light to see my way, it’s best not to move forward, or back for that mater.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

What The Heck Happened?

Invocación

Image by julianrod via Flickr

You may be wondering what happened yesterday.  I missed my post because the darn internet went down in my neighborhood.   Talk about frustrating!  I couldn’t get my blog fix for the night.  What’s a guy to do?  I would have gone into my work to make a post, and do some cruising.  The only problem is they are on the same neighborhood system I am. 

If you missed it yesterday, The Inferno posted a short story by Lou Lohman of LouCeel.  It’s a great little piece, full of mystery and intrigue.  The Cask of Infinity!  The first part of the story is posted on Inferno, and the second part on Lou's blog.  It’s well worth the read.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Ahh Yet Another Banner Day

House on the lake

Image by Fr Antunes via Flickr

I’ve been enjoying the day, playing around with templates once again.  You know if I keep this up, before long I’m going to understand all this HTML and CSS to the point of being able to make my own template from scratch.  Ok, it might take a little longer than I would like, but I’m getting there. 

This evening, I had a wonderful dance.  A dance with a partner all the way out in California.  We were working up a new banner for one of the sites.  She is a master with the graphics, where I falter and stumble.  I just don’t seem to have an eye for color and composition.   So I handled the code part of it, placing items where I thought they would look good.  She handled the creation of the graphics, and then directing me on more appropriate placement.   It was fun, and I wish I could spend more time doing things like that. 

The new banner, is smashing, with a lot of attitude.  Don’t worry, You’ll get to see it once I get the template completed.  It’ll be a couple of weeks before everything I need to do is finalized, and the template put in place.  Then maybe I can get her to dance once again and help me with Ruminations banner.

Tuesday morning at 12:01, I’m posting one of Lou’s stories on The Inferno.  Lou writes on his blog, LouCeel, and I’ve focused one of my Writers of The Web on him.  This piece is a companion piece, with the first part of the story on Inferno, and the second part on his site.  I know you’ll enjoy this one, especially if you into intrigue.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

A day of technical trivialities

Linked

Image by ...-Wink-... via Flickr

In this age of computer connectivity and communication, I still find myself relying on the faithful old telephone.  However, today I tried something new.  I had a verbal conversation with a friend from The Artists Challenge, on the computer! 

We’re working together to create a memory piece about her grandparents.  I wanted to chat with her about specific memories she had, you know, the scents of their house, sights from the porch, things like that. 

The telephone is not the least expensive means of communication anymore.  So I set up the chat on Gtalk, and then realized there was an icon at the top that said call.  Well we just had to try it out, so I plugged in the old headset and microphone, and after a little tweaking of the settings on my computer, we were talking.  I think I may just try this little trick on a more frequent basis.  Hell, I might even go to the store and get me one of those cameras so we can videoconference. 

I’m just moving right on up there in this techno crazy life these days.  and saving some money as I do.

OMG, I missed a day by only 5 minutes!

Jackon's Truck

Image by Brian Hathcock via Flickr

Well, to be fair to myself, I was captivated with enthusiasm.  The recent Challenge posted over at the The Inferno, has spurred my imagination.  I composed a short story in Poe like fashion.  Check it out, and let me know if you thinks it’s creepy enough, LOL.

Pony’s art takes the center stage with this story.  It fits her work perfectly.  If your a writer and enjoy a fun challenge, come over and visit.  Create a short story or fun and frightful piece to share with us.  The theme is “Curiosity Killed The Cat” – An evening of woe and delight with Edgar Allen Poe.

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Summers End, Autumns beginning

Flying solo

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I know Labor day is just the theoretical end of summer, but it has always felt like the end of summer.  That time when the kids have gone back to school, and the climate is cooling off, at least in some places. 

Here in Texas, it doesn’t feel much like summer wants to let go of her hold.  I certainly hope things start cooling off soon, I miss the cold weather.

If you haven’t been to Ruminations today, I posted a sad note over there, please go by and read it.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Life is Strange!

Skeletal Remains

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It never ceases to amaze me, the events in life  that seem to just happen; and the “why” of them.   Does everything happen for a purpose?  Is there an underlying “fate” involved?  Just how much do we (our actions) influence  what happens to us? 

I have always believed that the choices we make in our lives' influences our rewards.  I guess what I’m trying to say is that our fate is determined by our own actions.  Our reactions to events that occur within our life is what scripts the end result.  How we react to our friends when times are difficult can influence their own reactions.  I have always felt that Karma, plays a large factor in my life.  The old saying, “You reap what you sow”, comes to mind.

What brought on this philosophical banter?  Lets just say that I had a good evening.  Shadows have been illuminated with in my thoughts, and questions answered.  I am at peace with the world, at least for now, LOL. 

Quote of the Day:
The person who is not hungry says that the coconut has a hard shell.
--African Tribal Saying

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

I felt like a lone spectator at a movie debut!

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It’s like a movie playing out in my head.  I can’t stop, don’t really want to, the story unfolding.  So clear, I can feel the emotion, confusion, amazingly painful longing.  Characters are taking shape, and sharing their traits.  Showing me pieces of personal history. 

That’s what happened to me last night, while I sat in the tub soaking the days weariness away.  No, I hadn’t had anything to drink yet, and was simply relaxing.  I’m not even sure what stimulated the process, just grateful for it.  I let it play out, fighting the urge to get out and start writing it down.  Everything was coming so fast and with unbelievable clarity.  Even the title, flashing in bright marquee lights, impossible to miss it. 

Eventually it did slow to a stop and I tried to start writing it out,  fearful of losing the vision.  My normal process is to just write, refining as I go, write and edit, edit and write.  With this story, I was sure that while I was “playing around” with my detailed descriptions, I was going to lose the rest of the story.  So I did something I’ve never done before.  I outlined the whole thing in my hand written journal.  It took me two hours of continuous writing to get the brief outline on paper, leaving out the detail I so love.   Now I have a map, for a story that will debut along with my new site. The new one you can see…   when I decide to let everyone see it.

 Evil laughter echoing off the walls, as the lights dim,  flicker and then go out. A door creaks and slams shut leaving all in total darkness!


Quote of the Day:
That's right. 'Tain't yours, and 'tain't mine.
--Mark Twain
(when friend said that a certain rich man's money was "tainted")

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Wings of Inspiration

wings of inspiration

Image by Eddi 07 via Flickr

The Wings of Inspiration are flying some where above me this morning.  They certainly aren't stirring the air anywhere near me.  I shouldn’t be surprised, it is morning and I’ve only had one cup of coffee so far. 

Cool picture huh, it’s titled… Wings of Inspiration. 

Well I’ll be off for another adventure in Possum Kingdom.  Hopefully not nearly as strenuous as last week.  I’ll be back tomorrow evening, and let you know how it went.

Monday, August 31, 2009

It’s Been a Banner Evening

Yale - Where the Gold Rush streamers used to c...

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I’ve been working on the template for the new site, you know the fiction one I won’t tell you about.  I wasn’t happy with the banner at all, so I set out on a graphics search.  I finally found something pretty interesting, but still not quite right. 

What is one to do when the family artistic talent is on the other side of the world?  Simple, go online and play around with the image manipulation sites.  There are a lot of them.  I found that each one seems to offer different treatments and abilities.  None of them will do everything!  When you can’t afford to buy a fancy program for tweaking pictures, you make do with what is available. 

I would spend an hour or so on one site doing a few things to the picture.  Then download the darn thing and jump over to another site.  Upload the modified picture, and tweak a few different things that weren’t available on the first site.  Save and download the now nearly perfect image, and upload it to yet another site.  Thank the digital gods for high-peed internet.

All I had to do then was to get the masterpiece loaded into my template, and set just right.  Using HTML, this entails playing around with the padding and margin pixels.  Set a few numbers, preview the template, tweak the numbers, preview once again.  A fairly repetitive process, but one that works well.  If all goes according to plan you’ll all get to see the finished product some time in the next few weeks. 

If I’m lucky, I won’t get the two site templates I’m working on mixed up and loaded to the wrong place.  The only question now is… Is this new site, reality or a figment of my imagination?

Sunday, August 30, 2009

In a Breath of Passage

Passage

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Sunday, so serene and peaceful, passes like a wraith in the night.  Visible, yet far from defined, shadowy and surreal.  Quiet and peaceful, the silence a unique diversion to life’s hectic schedule.  A sailboat passing between two monoliths on a calm sea.

A peaceful interval, that glides by in a breath of existence.  So fast, it seems that a blink of the eye and it’s elapsed in a cloud of misty vapor.   I dream of a time when the clock can be stilled, time paused.  A moment when one can frolic in the wonder of worry free continuance. 

Life is not so dreamlike though.  Filled with unimaginative events, dull and repetitive.   Therefore, it’s best to enjoy the repose, take in the solace, and cherish the moments that are.  Creating in our own thoughts, for the briefest duration, that which we desire.  An active imagination, is a useful tool.


Quote of the Day:
The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything
--Anonymous

Happy Birthday Sis!  I know it’s tomorrow, but I’ll be early this year.

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Sleep; of the Work Weary

Wow, I slept for nine hours last night.  It was so needed, after last week.  I normally only get a few hours a night.   I have to admit, in the past few months that time frame has grown.  I guess it has something to do with age.  I find it necessary get more than four hours a night a little more frequently now.  I still get on a insomnia like kick every once in a while though.   The physical exertion of last week took it’s toll no doubt.  I haven’t worked that hard in a long time.  We didn’t even feel like fishing after work, the two nights we spent at camp.  Now that is tired! 

Today Was productive in it’s own way.  I learned a few new tricks for the templates.  I’m really torn between a couple of templates I really like the look of.  The problem is they don’t have some features I’m looking for.  So I went on a feature hunt if you will.  I learned a few new ways to add what I want to existing templates.  HTML, accompanied by a little Java script can do wonders.  There is so much open source code out there, free to use.  I’ll have to test some of it to make sure it doesn’t slow page loads significantly.  I would love to find a way to make the sidebar not refresh every time you click a link, only loading the post your interested in. 

I also found an answer to something I’ve been working on for The Pub.  I’ve been trying to build a slide show that will be easily copied by members to their own site.  I think I may have the answer in hand.  Unfortunately it will take some code work to load on pages, and not that many people are comfortable tinkering with their template HTML.  I think I’ll need to work on an answer for that.  I really want to make a widget they can just copy a snippet of code, and paste into an HTML widget and be done.  I’ll figure it out, it only takes time.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Home Sweet Home; Finally!

CLOUDS MADNESS

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I’ve had one of the roughest weeks in my recent memory.  Four days of digging, mostly with a jack hammer or rock bar.  To say the least, I’m completely worn out.  There is always a bright side though.  I have all weekend to relax and recuperate.

One of the things I plan to do, is spend some time on the new look for Ruminations.  This time around, I’m going to lose many of the larger widgets that slow things down so much.  I have a lot of people telling me the page load is super slow.  Lucky me, I have a pretty fast connection so it doesn’t seem that slow to me. 

I’m also going to work on some submissions for The Inferno.   Heather is hosting a few mini challenges over there, and they are just too tempting.  So I need to work up something to fit her challenges and then see if how well it goes. 

I have some big plans for tonight also.  I’m going to get some sleep!  Yep you heard me right, shocking I know.  I’m so used to three to four hours a night, but tonight I think I need more.   I may end up sleeping the whole night through!  See you tomorrow, and I’ll let you know if the plan worked.

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